Jan 25, 2018
Adam Powell Urges Players To Lead From The Front
Saracens' Adam Powell says that he is keen for his young squad to take on leadership roles within the team as he takes charge for the Anglo-Welsh Cup game against the Dragons.
The Senior Academy Coach took charge for the previous two Anglo-Welsh Cup games against Harlequins and Sale Sharks in November. His side lost those games, but produced promising performances which yielded two losing bonus-points.
Powell says that he expects his charges to have learned a lot from those two games and hopes they will take the lessons into this week's game.
He said: "I think we've learned a lot so far in the first two games, they were big learning curves for us as a group and I have seen improvements, I've seen opportunities for some of the younger boys to go out, show what they can do and take leadership roles in this squad.
"This is quite a young group and I think that from those first two games they learned a lot and I expect the same from the next two blocks of games."
The 31-year-old also expressed his desire for the squad to step up and fill the leadership roles within the team going into the challenge of facing the Newport based Pro 14 side.
Powell explained: "When you're young the most important thing is to be playing at the absolute highest level that you're capable of playing at that time. I think it's a great opportunity for them to play at a good level in that Saracens jersey in front of a crowd, it's a vital part of their development.
"Because we've got such a young group they don't necessarily have those older players to rely on to take leadership roles, they need to step up and have leadership roles themselves.
"In terms of a development tool that's, for me, the most important thing for this Anglo-Welsh Cup campaign and for this group of players is that they step up. They need to take leadership roles then take charge of the team and how they play over these next two weeks."
The Dragons have endured a tough season in the Pro 14 and will travel to Allianz Park bottom of their Pool, but having won against the Scarlets 23-18 in November stand a slim chance of qualification for the next round and Powell is expecting a strong test:
"I expect them to be a strong team, I expect them to be competitive, they like to throw the ball around and have got a solid defence. I expect them to be very good". He said.
"I'm more concerned about how we play and how our guys adapt to the challenges on the day, how they prepare this week and then how they front up mentally, physically and with the ability to put a game plan in place at the weekend.
"I expect Newport to be good and I expect us to prepare well and make sure that at the weekend we're ready to go and put in the best possible performance they can."